As Ron Whetton, who lives in Castillonnès, worked away on a wall he discovered a collection of Spanish gold coins dating from the 16th Century in a small cloth purse.
He cried out to his wife, Jennie, to come and take a look and they couldn't believe their eyes, with the date on one of the coins saying 1590.
The couple run a small hotel business called the Cours de Thomazeau and were undertaking some building work on a coach house that stands opposite the property, they have written more about their treasure trove discovery on their website.
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